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Stark Holborn
The Cabin
Liquor bootlegger. Ornery corncracker. Author of Nunslinger.
Interests: bourbon, jerky, traps, snares, racoons, bear hats, beans, westerns,
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The West has always been a fiction, woven from second-hand accounts and “true” tales of outlaws and lawmen; people creating their own caricatures and mythologies even as they lived. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Pornokitsch
I’m sure you realise that rapture is best when it’s converted to gold. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Pornokitsch
Cut-off from the visual grandeur of Monument Valley, from a Hollywood budget and horses on tap, Wright uses limitations to his advantage. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Pornokitsch
Loosely based on The Tempest, what follows is a clashing of morals, loyalties and greed set within a claustrophobic, visually compelling pressure-cooker Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Pornokitsch
"a double-edged satire that waltzed into cinemas at a time when the Soviet world was about to be hit by another wave of repression" Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Pornokitsch
I have a feeling that a few years down the line, post 1930 and the Hays Code, this wouldn’t have made it past the censors. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Pornokitsch
If you like your Westerns obscure, oblique and cult then I have four words for you, friend: Monte. Hellman. The. Shooting. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Pornokitsch
"In the past, I’ve heard Hellman’s Westerns described as an “acquired taste”. Like avocado, or whiskey." Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Pornokitsch
The characters range from dime novel stereotypes, to interesting depictions of cruel, indecisive, moody, guilt-ridden people, where even the “heroes” are grimly resigned rather than courageous. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Pornokitsch
How have I only just seen this?! Also, Kinski in a Western is an irresistible prospect... Shoot the Living, Pray for the Dead firmly on the list. Apparently, Tarantino is also a big fan of Andre de Toth's film's (watch this space).
Leone’s Westerns are well known for their revisionist tendencies, de-romantizing both the West and the Western, so it’s hardly surprising that with Duck, You Sucker, he takes a step further, to de-romanticize the idea of revolution itself. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Pornokitsch
Clementine spends a lot of the film dragging Johnny around by his feet, hindered by her alcoholic dog, or literal boozehound, Socrates. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Pornokitsch
A horror story, as it turns out, which Morrison promises will make “bats fly out of your ears and your tongue blaze like a Marrakesh pig.” Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Pornokitsch
It’s this collision of genres that gives the film its power, yet also results in the strange fact that Westworld’s legacy is far stronger than the film itself. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at Pornokitsch
He throws an angry tantrum if he cannot have his way He calls for Mom and sucks his thumb and doesn't want to play Too late to be known as John the First, he's sure to be known as John the Worst! Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Pornokitsch
"Professor, there's a big lizard back there and he's heading this way. Now get aboard!" Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Even though a search of the library catalogue turned up McCarthy and Lansdale, Elmore Leonard and Annie Proulx, Stephen King and Laura Ingalls Wilder, were any of them in the Western section? Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Pornokitsch
A fly flew into my glass of whisky while I was re-watching this film. That was bad. I drank it anyway. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Pornokitsch
It requires a hefty pinch of salt in places, a tongue in the cheek in others, whilst overall still managing to explore several challenging issues and powerful subtexts. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Pornokitsch
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Apr 13, 2015